athleteProfessional and amateur athletes in just about every sport are turning to CBD for recovery and performance.  Every sport requires training and that training can leave athletes fatigued and sore.  Most athletes, particularly athletes that compete in organizations that test for illegal substances are wary to try CBD for fear that THC will show up in their test results and disqualify them. Though many CBD products contain small, trace amounts of THC that may show up on a test, not all CBD companies and products are created equal. When you choose a company such as Nature’s Therapy CBD that is high quality and tests throughout the entire growth and production process, you can rest assured that your CBD product will not cause problems with testing if CBD is allowed in your organization. 

CBD is a naturally occurring compound found in the hemp plant that may offer a number of benefits to athletes or sports enthusiasts that experience sore muscles or other aches and pains that may impact their ability to train or exercise like they need to.  CBD interacts directly with our body’s endocannabinoid system and may reduce or eliminate aches and pain.  

There are a variety of ways to incorporate CBD as part of your training regimen including CBD balms, CBD bath bombs, and CBD tinctures. CBD balms can be applied topically directly to the areas that are sore or painful for immediate direct relief. Bath bombs are excellent for relaxing and relieving your muscles and joints. And, tinctures are an excellent way to get sustained help from CBD’s powerful benefits.

athleteCBD is excellent for athletes because it is non-addictive, has no psychoactive effects (unlike THC), and relieves pain and inflammation which are normal side effects of athletic performance. Additionally, CBD has been shown to be very helpful for improving both sleep quality and duration which is another important component of health and wellness, especially for athletes. More research is needed in the area of CBD for athletes, but preliminary research is incredibly promising, as a Sports Medicine research report describes in a published clinical report, “CBD has been reported to exert a number of physiological, biochemical, and psychological effects, that have the potential to benefit athletes. For instance, there is preliminary supportive evidence for anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, analgesic, and anxiolytic actions of CBD and the possibility it may protect against GI damage associated with inflammation and promote the healing of traumatic skeletal injuries.”

The safety and efficacy of performance-enhancing supplements, as well as other nutritional supplements, are vitally important for all people and especially for athletes.  Supplements must comply with anti-doping regulations which is why choosing your CBD products carefully, and from a reputable manufacturer, is essential. If you are an amateur or professional athlete, or even someone that just loves to be active, and you are looking for a way to enhance recovery as well as improve performance, consult your physician to discuss if CBD may be a useful addition to your training and health  regimen.